What’s healthy and what’s not? If you don’t really know how to decipher a food label, you sometimes get an image that is not in line with reality. Energy Lab presents you with 5 illuminating facts about your food.
What’s healthy and what’s not? If you don’t really know how to decipher a food label, juggling with nutritional values can put you on the wrong track. Energy Lab presents you with 5 illuminating facts about your food.
Did you know that…
- nuts are rich in fiber, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants? They also contain large amounts of unsaturated fatty acids. These fatty acids help prevent cardiovascular disease. Okay, they also contain a lot of calories: a small hand each day is a good guideline.
- even a single can of cola each day isn’t that innocent? If you maintain that habit for an entire month, you’ll have consumed a whole kilogram of sugar, equalling 4,000 calories.
- just because it’s described as ‘light’, it’s not necessarily healthier compared to the standard product? The term ‘light’ means that a product contains at least a third less calories, sugar or fat. But at the same time, less fat could be compensated by more sugar, which will obviously limit the health benefits (and vice versa). Reading labels is always recommended.
- A lot of vitamins and healthy fibers are lost when making a smoothie? Some experts claim that up to 90% of the nutrients from fruits and vegetables are lost when mixed. This would mainly be due to oxidation: air that sneaks into the blender during mixing.
- Dark bread is not always the healthiest option on the shelves? In a world without ‘colouring agents’ that would be the case (in general), but bread is sometimes darkened using malt extract or caramelised sugar. This bread naturally doesn’t contain better or different nutrients compared to white bread.